Georgia Equality is pleased to announce that we are expanding our staff by adding a position of Senior Field Organizer. This new position will be leading some of our coalition efforts around non-discrimination policies and civic engagement. Please join us in welcoming Rob Woods to our staff!
Robert “Rob” Woods — A Career in Community Service
Rob Woods grew up in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, graduating from Tampa Jefferson High School. His post – prep education began at his friend’s SEO San Diego office before attending the Independence Community College in Kansas on athletic scholarship. After postponing college for a tour in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman (Immunotherapy Clinic Director and Emergency Medical Technician), he went on to earn a degree in Communications / Political Science from Howard University.
Rob’s foray into social justice began as a socially conscious student in the nation’s Capitol during the early the 1990’s. A summer internship with the National Rainbow Coalition’s Citizenship Education Fund quickly became a staff position as public relations coordinator. His duties were raising national awareness for, and lobbying the United States Senate on behalf of, the National Voting Rights Act a.k.a. the “Motor Voter” Bill becoming a law. He also worked on the ’92 Clinton – Gore Presidential Campaign.
After graduation he served as a Legislative Information Officer in the Pennsylvania House of Representative. He later became certified as a Campaign Media Coordinator by the Democratic National Campaign Committee before venturing out as an Issues Campaign Coordinator for the 96 Project in San Diego, California’s 49th Congressional District. He also directed GOTV efforts for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Texas congressional districts; then served as press secretary for the victorious “Harmon for Mayor” St. Louis mayoral campaign.
In 2006 Rob became statewide coordinator for Georgia Vote Connection; a joint civic engagement project between Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger and Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda. He became immersed in the issues and causes of Georgia’s social justice communities. During his tenure he helped coordinate “Poor Peoples’ Day at the Capitol” and Marguerite Casey Foundation’s “Equal Voice for America’s Families” campaigns. Through numerous civic engagement trainings, workshops, and voter registration drives, he guided Georgia Vote Connection to its goal of adding more than 100,000 voters to Georgia’s voting rolls before the 2008 Presidential Election. He was later trained as a Field Coordinator by the Georgia Democratic Party.
Rob is the owner of SpinOne Consulting, a public relations consulting firm for small businesses and organizations in Metro Atlanta. A few of projects in which he has been involved include Media Consultant for City of Atlanta Council Communications Office; Media Relations Consultant for Rainbow PUSH / CEF; and Polling Researcher for Morehouse College – Brisbane Institute. He has also holds an associate degree in Marketing Management, and certification in Small Business Management from Atlanta Technical College.
His addition to Georgia Equality as Senior Field Organizer is goal focused on achieving the organization’s mission of advancing fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; and allies throughout the state.
Rob sits on the advisory boards of Strength Through Faith Community Center and Bridge Builders of Atlanta. A recipient of the Georgia Outstanding Citizen Award, he resides in Chamblee, Georgia and is a member of Berean Christian Church of Stone Mountain.